Mini card camp ~ Day 2 with Darlene!


It's Day 2 at the summer mini card camp
and our camp counselor for today is:  Darlene!
She's the very same sister that came up with the group name :)

Her class is bursting with fun ~
with a create your own background AND a fancy fold.
Her step by step tutorial and amazing photos
 (perfect for me since I'm a visual learner!)
made it a fun and interactive learning experience.

Darlene asked us to go on a Scavenger Hunt 
and find an item not usually used for stamping.
I wanted to keep it original and not do something I've already done
(bubble wrap, mailers, corrugated cardboard, cups!)
so I looked around and spied 2 things!

One you'll see today - the other (which I absolutely loved) another day.

So what item did I find?
Empty thread spools!

I saw my sewing kit, a treasured gift from my momma,
and inside it had empty thread spools
 for the countless pinned posts I have on Pinterest
that I was saving for a rainy day ~ today was that day.

Here's my card with the background, dipped in 3 brightly colored inks.
Because I used Distress oxide inks, it took a little while to dry.
Once that was done, the real measuring and figuring came into play ~
I went old school and used my Cuttlebug where it was easier to line up plates.

I used a Paper Smooches stamp and inked it with the same ink
(Peacock Feathers) to match the background image.

This is my finished card and video!

I love how vibrant it is!
Very "Kelly colors" :)

We invite you to play along and use the classes as a springboard
for your card making and inspiration!

The camp classes and dates this week are:
Monday/June 22 ~ Kelly (me!) @ Sandcastlestamper
Tuesday/June 23 ~ Darlene @ Accordingtobijou
Wednesday/June 24 ~ Jeanette @ Creativeplay
Thursday/June25 ~ Barb @ inkingintoretirement

Thanks for stopping by today!
Big hugs, bigger blessings!


  1. WOW--those are great Kelly Colors and such a creative background! I love this card and it is such a pretty card. Thanks for organizing this fun week!

  2. BRILLIANT idea, love this and the circles look awesome.xx

  3. So bright and fun! Love the interactive part of the card as well as the background you created.

  4. WOW! Those spools paired with gorgeous colors resulted in a fun and creative designer paper, Kelly! I love how your card swings, too. You did an outstanding job with Darlene's tutorial!

  5. Gorgeous card, I love bright colours. Great stamping, too! Have a great day! Hugs, Valerie

  6. Fabulous colours Kelly, and I love your finished card - so fresh and vibrant.
    Stay safe

  7. Definitely Kelly colors! This is fabulous! Great inspiration!

  8. OOOOH!!! {Delighted squeals here} How I LOVE your background! Now I understand why Alice swiped them, LOL

    Your colors are fantastic and the card is so great! Good job Camp Leader!!

  9. Brilliant idea with some wonderful colors. I love the way the card opens. Thanks for sharing.

  10. What a lovely card, beautiful design, and wonderful vibrant colours ! Hugs, Enny